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PATEK PHILIPPE. AN EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES, ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE AND BOX
PATEK PHILIPPE. AN EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES, ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE AND BOX
PATEK PHILIPPE. AN EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES, ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE AND BOX
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PATEK PHILIPPE. AN EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES, ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE AND BOX

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, REF. 2499/100, FOURTH SERIES, MOVEMENT NO. 869’415, CASE NO. 2’779’184, MANUFACTURED IN 1981

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PATEK PHILIPPE. AN EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES, ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE AND BOX
SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, REF. 2499/100, FOURTH SERIES, MOVEMENT NO. 869’415, CASE NO. 2’779’184, MANUFACTURED IN 1981
Movement: Manual, Caliber 13”130, stamped twice with the Geneva seal, 23 jewels
Dial: Silvered matte, baton and square numerals, outer fifth of a second combined with Arabic five minutes division, two windows for day and month in Italian, three subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minute register, moon phases combined with date
Case: 18k gold, downturned lugs, snap on back, two round chronograph buttons in the band, 37.7 mm diam.
Strap/buckle: Brown Patek Philippe alligator strap, 18k gold Patek Philippe buckle
Accompanied by: A Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on 15 June 1981 and presentation box
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These endangered species straps are shown for display purposes only and are not for sale. Christie''s will remove and retain the strap prior to shipment from the sale site. At some sale sites, Christie''s may, at its discretion, make the displayed endangered species strap available to the buyer of the lot free of charge if collected in person from the sale site. Please check with the department for further details.

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Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest watch models ever created, reference 2499 has undoubtedly strongly influenced the designs of many of the most renowned watchmakers. Introduced to the market in 1950, it replaced the legendary reference 1518, the world’s first perpetual calendar wristwatch with chronograph made in series.

Over a period of 35 years, reference 2499 was made in four series in a total production of only 349 pieces, the majority cased in yellow gold. The rarity of this model becomes evident when considering that an annual average of only 9 watches left Patek Philippe’s workshops.

Produced from 1980 to 1985, the reference 2499/100 fourth series is considered by many as being the last true vintage perpetual calendar chronograph made by Patek Philippe. Built in an 18k gold case and allied to a highly attractive dial, the timepiece is preserved in excellent overall condition. Completed with its original certificate and presentation box, such timepieces are considered extremely rare opportunities for astute collectors to acquire such a legendary reference.

Reference 2499 is generally divided into the following four series:

-First series: square chronograph buttons, applied Arabic numerals and tachymetre scale

-Second series: round chronograph buttons, either applied baton or applied Arabic numerals and tachymetre scale

-Third series: round chronograph buttons, applied baton numerals and outer seconds divisions

-Fourth series, the present watch: round chronograph buttons, applied baton numerals, outer seconds divisions and sapphire crystal

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